Mind Body Health

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Healthy Pleasures

Imagine the world without pleasure. Life would appear colorless and humorless. Human beings evolved to seek enjoyment to enhance survival. Yet, at nearly every turn pleasure has gotten a bad name. People are almost phobic about having fun. In...

Guided Imagery can speed surgical recovery

Guided Imagery Speeds Surgical Recovery

Patients undergoing surgery often experience a loss of control, feeling more like victims than participants. Anxiety, fear of the unknown, fear of pain, dependency, uncertainty, and helplessness are common emotions which can intensify the perception...

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

More and more women work outside and inside the home. Do the double demands shouldered by working moms pose a threat to their physical health? In "A Woman's Work Is Never Done" David S. Sobel, M.D. sites evidence of the physiological impact of "role...

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The Mind Body Guilt Syndrome

Most illnesses result from a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, behavioral, and psychosocial factors. Rarely is any one of these factors the sole cause of a disease. For example, many people exposed to germs do not develop illness...

Here’s to Your Heart

Can one or two drinks a day actually be beneficial? In "Here's to Your Heart" David S. Sobel, M.D. outlines the apparent correlation of moderate drinking and a reduction of mortality from heart disease by about a third. Though even moderate alcohol...

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Tips for Communicating with Your Doctor

Patients often only communicate symptoms such as pain, wheezing, swelling, itching. Physicians often remain unaware of how the symptoms impact the patient?s life. Similar symptoms may have very different importance for different patients. It is...

The Keys to Healthy Aging

Today, most people don't just want to live long lives. They want to live long healthy lives, or as the old adage puts it, "to die younger, as old as possible. Most of us want to add life to years, not just years to life. We all know people who have...

Computers: New Prescription for Patients

By definition, "crisis" means that one's life is out of control. When faced with a health crisis, many people experience the information they receive about their condition -- and the way they receive it -- as making their feelings of being out of...

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